Slotvinsky estate-palace in the village of Rovanichi

Slotvinsky estate-palace in the village of Rovanichi


Palaces, manors, castles

In Belarus, there are many truly ancient monuments of architecture. And we are talking not only about castles and palaces, about which many people know but also about gentry residences. The estates of many influential dynasties are located in small and large villages of our country. One of these estates located in Rovanichi village will be discussed in this article.

The history of Rovanichi village 

Rovanichi is an agro-town located in the Chervensky district of the Minsk region. It was first mentioned in written sources in 1535, when, as a result of the reform, the area became part of the Minsk district of the Minsk region. In the next XVII century, the Mossalskys owned the village. And in 1790 Andrei Slotvinsky became the owner of Rovanichi.

An interesting fact from VETLIVA: in Grodno, by the way, the palace has preserved, which once belonged to the Mossalsky dynasty. You can see the magnificent building both on your own, using our city guide, and going on a tour or on an excursion to Grodno. 

After the second division of the Commonwealth, the estate became part of the Russian Empire. The place developed: in 1799 a stone church of St. Anthony was built here, a hundred years later, in 1886, it could already boast of the presence of two Orthodox and one Catholic church, a public school, a cloth factory, a brewery and a starch factory. The construction of the manor-palace dates back to these times.

The history of Slotvinsky residence

Already in 1804 (as evidenced by the inventory of the estate), the manor existed in Rovanichi. 

It included several different buildings:

  • the manor house itself

  • agricultural buildings

  • a bakery

  • a cheese factory and a dairy plant,

  • a brovar

  • a forge

  • a bathhouse, etc.

However, the building, which is now located in Rovanichi, was built later. In the middle of the XIX century, the village was owned by Anthony Ludwig Slotvinsky, who was the marshal of the Minsk province. This distinguished representative of the dynasty just was occupied in the construction of a magnificent palace from 1853 to 1859.

For the location of the palace, a picturesque place was chosen a terrace that towered above the Usha River. By the way, at one time there was a whole system of artificial reservoirs on it.

An interesting fact from VETLIVA: thanks to people, truly amazing natural complexes often appear in Belarus. For example, that is why now in our country there are waterfalls, canyons, and even our Maldives. These human-made places are unusually photogenic, so if you are looking for picturesque locations for your Instagram, our selection will definitely come in handy.

There was a school inside the architectural monument (the inscription 1952 testifies to this), then a local hospital (after 1971). At the end of the XX century, the estate was finally abandoned and since this time it has been in ruins ...

Description of the architecture of Slotvinsky estate in Rovanichi

Slotvinsky estate is a rectangular one-story building. It is located on a high residential base with protruding portraits of the Doric order on the facades. They create the effect of having a second floor near the building.

VETLIVA enlightens: a portico — is a covered gallery, the ceiling of which is supported by columns. These columns can support this architectural element in three ways: directly, with the help of an architrave installed on them (beam flooring) or with the assistance of arches thrown between the columns. An order is a type of architectural composition where elements of a certain type are used, which are subject to a certain architectural-style processing. The Doric order, in turn, is an order of classical architecture.

In the old days, the estate could boast of many interesting architectural elements and interior decorations:

  • a beautiful terrace with a balustrade,

  • a stone shop with a semicircular niche,

  • salons with stucco molding and dining rooms with coffered ceilings,

  • tiled stoves,

  • bronze chandeliers,

  • Venetian cabinet furniture and more.

Now, unfortunately, Slotvinsky estate in Rovanichi is in ruins now (we mentioned it in our article about abandoned estates of Belarus). The main thing is that this architectural monument is not in the list of lost heritage, because even its current condition is surprising for everyone who comes to Rovanichi.


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